Schuberth C3 Pro Intensity Helmet
Best helmet, no wind noise on naked bike, except when strong headwind.
I already tried several helmets. Recently traded by BMW R1200RT for a naked Ducati Diavel. Absolutely on wind noise on highways up to 65 mph. The only time I hear slight wind noise when I was riding on highway with 10-15 mph wind facing me.
I already have slight hearing loss and wear hearing aids in both ears. I was concerned about my hearing and getting more damage with wind noise. This helmet is perfect and I no longer have to use the earplugs when using this helmet. The only noise that I hear when riding is the cool Ducati sound.
My head shape is intermediate-oval. I watched the videos on Revzilla.com several times of Shoei RF-1200, several Arais and Schuberth. I don't have pressure on my temple as many other riders have stated. I suggest get your head size measured and get the helmet that suits you best. It's pricey helmet but I consider worth it.
October 20, 2014
Fantastic High End Lid
Being mainly a Harley rider since around 1985 I have not owned many helmets, and only 1 other full face before purchasing a Schuberth C3 Pro Intensity. I have borrowed a few from friends over the years though. As of 2013 I got into adventure riding (Triumph Explorer XC), and have future plans to buy a K1600GT. I really enjoy what most would consider to be extremely long rides. As such, I have come to realize the importance of good head protection on long multiple day rides.
This summer (2014) some friends and I rode from Colorado up through Canada to Alaska then back home through the Pacific North West. That was really the first time I ever had to wear a lid over long distances and for many consecutive days. Not wanting to spend a lot on my first full face (but not wanting to go cheap either) I decided on a Shoei RF-1100 for the trip after having tried on many helmets in a local shop. I have a true medium head (56.5 cm) that I would have classified as round oval, although after having worn the RF-1100 for 10k miles now I would say that I am between round oval and round. I really liked the RF-1100 features, cost, and airflow. The comfort was also good, but as I found out on my Alaska trip only on rides shorter than 250 miles. The RF-1100 ended up being a bit too narrow for my head, and it really dug into the front end of my ears after 4-5 hours of riding. This became quite painful during my trip on a daily basis, so I decided about half way through Canada that I would be looking into other helmet options upon my return to Colorado.
After a lot of research I decided to try the Schuberth C3 Pro. My friends all own Arais and give them high praise (which I'm sure they deserve), but the sun visor and modular design of the C3 Pro appealed to me more. I decided to go with the C3 Pro Intensity (titanium) for the added paint flair and for a little better solar radiation refection (my Shoei was flat black and could get a bit warm). I have not ridden a lot with the C3 Pro yet, but I have enough miles with it so far to comment.
Fit: Absolutely fantastic if you have a head somewhere between Round-Oval and Round. You'll see many people who complain online about pressure on the forehead after miles with the C3 Pro on, but I would bet those individuals have oval to intermediate oval heads. Pay attention to the Schuberth sizing guide as they tend to be a little different than their Japanese competitors. My head is 56.5 cm, and the medium fits me perfectly. Schuberth sizing guide for medium is 56/57 cm. In ended up first ordering a large because I read that many found sizing to run small on the C3 Pro. This was a mistake and I had to return the large to Revzilla (painless return as usual). You'll find the initial fit snug (as it should be for a full face), but it wears in very nicely over a short period of time (~100 miles).
Noise Level: VERY quiet compared to my RF-1100 and other helmets I have borrowed from friends over the past few years. The adjustable chin curtain helps a lot with this, but even without it the helmet is very quiet. The chin curtain is completely comfortable, so I find there is no reason to remove it, even in warm weather.
Weight: It seems pretty light to me. It feels about the same as my RF-1100 did, but has a built in sun visor and flip up chin bar. It feels a tad heavier on my brow, but not uncomfortably so.
Visors: Excellent wide field of view. Schuberth says they mold the main and sun visors into the shape to avoid distortion in the clarity from heat shaping them after the fact. This is definitely noticeable. The clear visor is made of heavier gauge plastic than others I have seen, and is extremely clear with almost zero distortion at the edges. The same is true for the sun visor. The lock positions on the clear visor are very firm, and the lowest position locks more securely than any other helmet I have worn. It does tend to fog locked down, but the C3 Pro comes with a pinlock visor and insert which I have not installed yet, so cannot comment on. The sun visor is sweet. It can be lowered/raised to whatever height you like, it provides sun protection just as well as my Maui Jim sunglasses, and has excellent airflow and wind protection (i.e. no watering eyes). A word of caution to Bluetooth communications users: The sun visor slider is on the left side of the helmet where BT commo devices tend to mount. I have a G9, and it will not mount on the C3 Pro as was intended by the manufacturer. Nevertheless, there are numerous options you can find online that C3 Pro owners have figured out. I chose the VHB tape option myself. I will not be purchasing the SRC-system for the C3 Pro since it is based off of the G4 technology. I contacted Schuberth and they have no plans to upgrade to the G9 or G9x. Therefore, I'm sticking with my G9.
Ventilation: It seems good. I think the RF-1100 was slightly better, but it has numerous air vents compared to the C3 Pro. The front C3 Pro vent is pretty useless if you have a high windshield, but that is true in my opinion for any helmet chin vent if you ride with a tall wind shield. I haven't played yet with the C3 Pro summer/winter tabs which are located on the head harness. I have only ridden with them in summer mode, and you can feel the breeze move over the top of your head. I'm hoping the gloss paint will provide a little better solar radiation protection compared to my flat black Shoei, but I haven't had any long sunny rides with it on yet.
Other features: I like the Schuberth chin strap. The easy on/off and quick disconnect that can be used with gloves is very nice and feels very secure when on. It is a bit stiffer than a conventional chin strap, and does tend to push on your Adam's apple more than a normal chin strap does. Not so much that I would complain about it though. Guys with thicker necks may find it uncomfortable. The padding in the C3 Pro is amazing. Putting my RF-1100 on after having worn the C3 Pro is a night and day comparison. It makes me wonder how I survived a 7300 mile trip with it on. The C3 Pro padding will spoil you. Also for you BT commo users, the C3 Pro has very large and deep pockets in the shell for speakers. I just replaced the stock G9 speakers with Tork Xpro speakers and they fit no problem. I can't even feel them with the helmet on. On that note, taking the padding in/out of the helmet has a slight learning curve, but isn't a problem once you do it once. I am not using the SRC-system so can't comment on the internal antennas which is a shame. Perhaps Schuberth will come to their senses and update the outdated SRC technology. I would think they will need to do this in order to stay competitive with the many improvements BT devices have seen this year among their competitors. Especially considering the outrageous amount they charge for a single SRC-system.
Paint: I went with the Intensity Titanium. The lines are crisp, the details nice, and the gloss finish is beautiful.
Price: You get what you pay for. It isn't cheap, but it is an investment. You can't put a price on protecting the brain housing group. If you can afford the C3 Pro and have the right head shape for it then I highly recommend it. Make sure you register your C3 Pro (on the North American website) for the Schuberth Mobility Program. This will allow you to replace one that you have in an accident for 75% of cost if you can provide them with a police report of the accident. This program costs nothing (other than the high cost of the helmet), but my plan is to never have to use it (knock on wood).
Cons: Really the only one I have at this time is a small one (other than the outdated SRC technology). Due to the position of the top air vent lever housing some camera users may have trouble mounting their camera quick release in a level position at the top of the helmet. This will depend on how you tend to wear your helmet (pulled forward or pushed back a little). I have a Sony AS-100V, and the mount sits on the top of the helmet such that the camera is ever so slightly tilted up if I am sitting on the bike in a fully upright position. This effect is not noticeable in the video due to the wide angle lens.
Final Comment: Highly recommended if you can afford the C3 Pro and have the right head shape. And as always, Revzilla has excellent customer service, fast shipping, and easy returns if you need to exchange for size (as I did), or just don't like it.
September 29, 2014
this is the first quality helmet ive ever purchased. i was not used to the snug fit at first but i like that now very quiet for a modular.if you are going to wear this behind a huge windscreen dont expect any airflow.it seals very well around the neckline
September 8, 2014
Very Nice Helmet
My First Schuberth Helmet
Helmet fits snug, which makes you feel very safe
I tend to drive faster with this helmet on
after a couple hours I need to take it off and rest my head.
I purchased SRC communication system also and am not so pleased with it, a lot of money and it has less features than much cheaper units. Nice thing is that it does not clip on side of helmet. If you only want a unit to listen to your phone than it is good, but if you want to try and pair up with other helmets you could be out of luck.
July 28, 2014
What a beauty
Beautiful helmet, great paint job, comfortable liner and helmet fits my round head very well. Very quite compared to my shoei hornet. Love the sun visor and very good German quality on all the mechanism. Schuberth exudes quality.
July 26, 2014
The medium fits my head perfectly and after 3 months of use has now broken in and is perfect. All of the little details do come together in this helmet. The thing I notice most is are the aerodynamics and small size, With previous helmets, doing a head check to the side, you could really feel the wind grab the helmet. With the C3pro, it's MUCH less. It's also very, very quiet. I always wear earplugs anyway, but this is one quiet helmet. I purchased the blue/black/white combination and have gotten a lot of compliments on it.
July 20, 2014
Worth every penny
We all know that this is not a cheap helmet, but I can honestly say you get what you pay for with this one. Easily the quietest helmet I have ever ridden with and very stable in the airflow. Coming from a cheap helmet, this really feels amazing to ride with. The build quality is exceptional as I would expect at this price point. The liner is very soft and seems to breath reasonably well which is impressive considering how tight this helmet fits.
The air flow through the top vent really surprised me. You can actually feel your hair moving with the amount of air this vent lets through. The ability to close these vent using the small flaps built into the top liner is a very nice touch as well. The chin vent airflow is not as noticeable.
The clarity of the visor and the sun shade is exceptional, no distortion at all. I have not tried the pin lock insert on the road yet as it seems unnecessary in the warmer weather right now, but it is very simple to install.
My only minor complaints so far would be how much the sun shade vibrates at city speeds with the visor open, and how much the visor vibrates at city speeds if not in the semi-closed city position or fully locked down. Both are nearly impossible to use in those conditions, but with the visor down in the city position the sun shade is fine as is the visor.
The vents, visor, sun shade and chin bar are easy enough to use with light gloves on and are still functional with heavy gloves, they just require a little more effort which I would expect with any helmet.
I would easily recommend this to anyone who rides and takes their helmets seriously.
July 10, 2014
Simply the best helmet on the market!
I did a ton of research before purchasing this helmet and am glad that I did. I have been riding with it for nine months now and it continues to be a wonderful investment. As advertised the noise level is extremely low and the helmet is very light. It does fit tight but it's supposed to. If you get the medium or large the shell is the same size so you have the option of changing out the pads, which I think is great. The visor is very easy to change out, as it the pin lock visor. I love the sun shield and use it all the time. I purchased integrated neckroll communication system and it is wonderful. The only issue that I have is that the mic boom doesn't easily go into the chin pad, but with a little maneuvering it can be done. I love this helmet and if your budget allows, highly recommend it.
July 6, 2014